This was our culminating week of bowling activities in PE. Students got to participate in a full-lane, 10-pin experience with iPad scoring! Students have been doing a great job establishing and following a bowling rotation based on the number of players in their group.
The app that we used was called "My Bowling Scorecard" and it was simple enough to navigate with first graders. They simply type their names in and then tap the number of pins that fall down...it's that easy.
Our kindergartners did a couple of rolling/bowling activities this week too. Our first activity was a large group game that focused on rolling the ball at single pins with the ability to guard your team's pins. Our second lesson this week, both Coach T and I were gone at the State PE Conference and the substitute played Partner Pin Pickup to reinforce the rolling/bowling skill and practice taking turns and sharing equipment with a partner.
We kicked off some bowling activities this week in PE. To get students used to the rotation of positions, we started with Blackout Bowling using 1 shot from the bowler at 6 pins and then crossing out the number of pins knocked down on the scorecard until the entire card was "blacked out". Our second lesson jumped to using all ten pins and 2 shots by the bowler. Instead of keeping score, students earned cash for the total amount of pins they knocked down - we called this game "Bowling for Dollars"
Grades 1 & 2
This week continued to focus on the underhand rolling skill and stepping with the opposite foot when bowling. Students got to use the carpeted bowling lanes this week and learned how to rotate between the positions of score keeper, bowler, pin setter, and ball returner through two different activities: Blackout Bowling and Bingo Bowling.
Since we only had a half day on Friday, Kindergarten only had one day of PE class this week. To go along with the bowling theme, students participated in an activity called Partner Pin Pickup. I took a short video of each class and posted them on Class Dojo for parents. If you haven't connected to Class Dojo yet, you're missing out! Contact me, and I'll set you up! email@example.com
This week we built upon our individual jump rope skills with some long rope skills. Students got to practice taking turns turning the rope and jumping in groups of 3 after our warm-up activities. Several tips we shared for being a good turner and a successful jumper. Some groups even progressed to a variety of long rope tricks like turning around (180/360), touching the floor, adding multiple jumpers, and entering/exiting a moving rope.
Below were our two warm up activities:
Grades 1 & 2
Our first and second graders began some underhand rolling/bowling activities this week. Students got multiple practice attempts this week as they rolled balls at pins in a couple different activities: Aerobic Bowling & Bowling with the Champs. Next week we will have the carpeted bowling lanes here and we'll be doing more rolling activities in preparation for some full lane bowling.
We missed class on Wednesday due to the Halloween parties & parade, but we still managed to squeeze in a little holiday fun. We started off with a quick warm up doing a Popsicle Stick run. And did a fun trick or treat tagging activity.
This week our intermediate students worked on individual jump rope skills. We really focused on learning several basic jumps and trying to build up our stamina in consecutive jumps and length of time. We warmed up with this Super 7 jump rope video that gets students practicing 7 different skills for about a minute each. After warm-ups, students got a chance to participate in a variety of "free choice" jump rope stations (as seen below).
Grades 1 & 2
The focus this week with 1st & 2nd grade was striking. We warmed up with a 5 stick Popsicle stick run. Then, we used our hands and other body parts to keep a balloon up in the air with the PhysEd School video below.
Our second day got kids moving with dice in Around the World warm up before we transitioned into striking balloons with foam paddles. Some classes progressed to using pool noodles to keep their balloons up in the air!
Our part time teacher, Mr. Teti-Teal or "Coach T" as the kids refer to him, planned the lessons this week. Day 1 focused on working with a partner and tossing underhand at hoop. Day 2 focused on some endurance movement as kids traveled around the gym while the music was on and when the music stopped, they went to one of the four corners. Next we had a spinning wheel with the 4 numbers on it. We gave it a spin and if it landed on the corner that you happened to be standing at, you won! Students went to the middle circle and took a wristband and game play continued. Students enjoyed moving countless times around the gym and stopping occasionally to rest and see if they won a wristband. We traded our wristbands in at the end for a partner and a balloon and practiced hitting the balloon back and forth with a friend for the last 5-7 minutes of class.
4th & 5th Grades
Our 4th & 5th graders had one lesson this week working on passing for accuracy using an activity called "Soccer with the Champs." The second day, students go to participate in a small-sided lead-up soccer activity called "4-Corner Soccer." This game utilized a variety of soccer skills in a game situation.
Our third graders began this week working on passing for accuracy and trapping with "Soccer with the Champs" and then lots of foot dribbling keeping the ball close and under control with "ABC Soccer" and "Soccer Minefield."
1st & 2nd Grades
Our focus this week was on controlling the ball and keeping it close while dribbling with our feet. We used a variety of activities designed to get students exploring dribbling the ball with all different parts of the foot.
Our kindergarten students got a chance to work with scooters again on Wednesday. We connected the scooters and took turns working in cooperative groups riding and pushing our partners around the gym. Friday was another "free choice" station day where students got to choose how they wanted to be active at a variety of activity stations. They did a great job being self-directed learners and staying on task throughout the class. They shared equipment and space and did a great job being safe. Ask them which stations they participated at today!
Our fifth graders were gone this week at Camp Timber Lee, Wisconsin for Outdoor Education! Having gone a couple times with other 5th grade classes in the past, I know they come away with some awesome experiences! Be sure to talk with your student about all the different types of activities they did while they were there and what they enjoyed most. I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about.
Grades 3 & 4
This week students were introduced the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers. These devices measure how active each student is during class by collecting data on the number of steps taken, the amount of activity time accrued AND the amount of MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) time they earn. After a brief overview, students participated in an activity called "Uno Fitness" - where they performed a variety of exercises or laps based on the cards they were dealt.
The second day of PE, students got on their pedometers and got to choose how they wanted to be active at a variety of "Free Choice" stations. We uploaded our pedometers at the end of class and looked at the data to see how "active" our choices were.
Grades 1 & 2
Our first & second graders were introduced to the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers this week. We learned how to take our "kid code" number from the pedometer pockets and secure it to our waist. We also learned how to place our pedometers into the data readers to upload them to the computer. Finally, we discussed what the different buttons & screens are for and how to use them. Our first activity was to get the kids moving around the gym at different speeds to see how fast they had to travel to get their MVPA timer to begin running. They are set at 110 steps per minute, so students experimented and learned how fast that is for them. Ideally, our goal is to get 10+ minutes of MVPA time during our 30 minute class. Our second day activity included a variety of "free choice" stations designed to help students determine which type of activities are more active than others.
Our kindergarten students got a chance to explore some different ways to travel on scooter boards for our first day of PE this week. We worked on traveling by sitting down, kneeling, and laying on our bellies. We used our "pushing" muscles and our "pulling" muscles to help us move. We also traveled in a variety of directions including forward, backward, sideways and in a circle or spiral.
Our second day consisted of some "free choice" stations where students chose what they wanted to do and how long they wanted to do it. This self-directed activity got students interacting with each other, sharing equipment, taking turns and exploring a variety of ways to be active! I posted videos of each class in action on Class Dojo. If you haven't connected to Class Dojo and would like to, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will shoot you out an invite to connect!
Check out what our students have been learning this week in PE...
Our week was a bit disrupted with music rehearsals for 4th grade and then no classes on Friday due to the Grandparent's Day program, so most classes only had PE once this week, two classes I saw twice, and one 4th grade class I didn't see at all. However, the classes I did get to see were great, as students participated in underhand & overhand throwing activities that allowed me a chance to assess their throwing technique.
This is the Grade Level Outcome we were working on this week in 3rd grade. We used these 2 activities to help develop our skills.
Our students continued practicing their catching skills this week. Last week we used scarves and bean bags, this week we used a variety of items such as stuffed animals, rubber critters, yarn balls, Super 90 Gatorskin balls, whiffle balls & scoops, and even some 7" dia. playground balls!
We only got to see Kindergarten once this week due to the half day on Friday, but students had fun working with dice to determine "greater than, less than, or equal" numbers and then winning a stuffed beanie baby animal for their team if they rolled the larger number. The activity is called "Roll with It" and was created by a Georgia Teacher of the Year, JD Hughes. Check out his website at www.pe2themax.com for tons of great content. Below is a video from last year playing it in class. I posted videos of this year's kindergarten students on Class Dojo, so be sure to check it out. Not connected to Class Dojo yet? Contact me and I'll set you up! email@example.com
Here's an overview of what our students have been working on this week during PE class...
Our 4th & 5th graders began the PE Central Challenge - a series of 6 skill challenges designed to get students practicing on a variety of skills. Three of the challenges are individual skills that students try to perform for a certain amount of time. Two of the skills are designed to be done with a partner. One of the skills is designed for students to work in a group of 3. These are skills are things students should be able to do with practice. By the end of the school year, students who have completed 4 of 6 challenges will receive a bronze pin, 5 of 6 earns the silver pin, and completing all 6 earns the gold pin! You can learn more about the PE Central Challenge on their website at www.pecchallenge.org/challenges/challengelist.html
Our third graders began working on the underhand throw this week. Our focus was S1.E13.1 - being able to "throw underhand to a target with reasonable accuracy." I assessed the students' underhand throwing mechanics while they were engaged in the Champions & Challengers activity. Each student received a 3, 2, or 1 based on their ability to demonstrate a mature underhand throwing pattern by exhibiting all of the following criteria:
Our first & second graders are working on eye-hand coordination this week. They used juggling scarves and beanbags in a variety of different ways to help them gain confidence as they track and catch a self toss. We also added a couple warm up "tag" activities designed to get students moving safely in general space.
Kindergarten also worked on traveling safely in general space and sharing equipment with Couch Potato Tag. We practiced catching a self toss in a variety of ways with scarves and then did a fun partner activity where we tossed a Koosh ball into a bucket in order to collect poly spots for our team with Make It, Take It.
This week our 3rd-5th graders completed their second week of cooperative/teambuilding activities. We focused on National Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self & others.
We continued our work toward mastering the basic locomotor skills with several different activities...
Our final activity called "Capture the Critters" focused on getting students to take turns, share equipment and travel in general space safely. Check out the video below.
Our first grade students are also working on locomotor skills. They played the 4 corner locomotor activity and Zoo Keeper! We used the Class Dojo app to randomly select students up on our projector. The selected students go to be the Zoo Keeper and let one animal out of its cage. Students traveled around the gym in the same way that the animal travels! Finally, we got to use jump ropes again this week and this time we practiced consecutive jumps going forward or back ward.
Kindergarten explored the wonderful world of my 200+ beanie baby collection! We worked on catching a self-toss with "Catch the Critters" and then we rolled hula hoops to try and "Capture the Critters". Students worked cooperatively in self-chosen partner pairs to share equipment & space safely and take turns.
Great to have our first full week of uninterrupted learning in the gym! Our intermediate grades (3-5) worked on cooperative/teambuilding activities. Our primary grades (K-2) focused on moving safely in personal & general space with some fun tag games & learning different ways to move our body by practicing the eight basic locomotor skills.
This week we focused on Standard 4 of the National PE Standards which deals with students "exhibiting responsible personal & social behavior that respects self and others." The graphic below shows what this looks like broken down by grade levels 3, 4, and 5. We refer to these as Grade Level Outcomes or GLOs. These serve as a guide for the intended exit outcomes for what students should know or be able to do by the end of a particular grade level. As you can see from the table below, these are valuable "life skills" that even many adults do do regularly let alone an 8, 9, or 10 year old child. So while these types of activities can be difficult at times, they are also important for students to work through in order to begin to develop these important social skills.
Second grade continued its focus on locomotor skills and becoming more efficient movers! Students practiced these skill independently and with a fun activity called Zoo Keeper. We also reviewed traveling safely and supporting our body weight with Plank Tag.
Our first graders learned how to do a Popsicle Stick Run and travel around the gym in the same direction around the boundary line. They used sticks to drop into a bucket each time they completed a lap. They also got to practice moving safely to open spaces with Plank Tag.
Students learned to find a personal space when using a jump rope. We practiced these locomotor skills and jumping skills with our ropes this week. Best of all, students learned how to make a loop at the top of their rope and return it to the jump rope rack on the correct hook sorted by handle color!
Our kindergarten students continued to work on moving safely around the gym traveling in the same direction with a (3-Stick) Popsicle Stick Run. We also practiced our 8 locomotor skills by traveling around the gym in the same manner on Day 2. We applied those locomotor skills and introduced some animal walks with our Zoo Keeper activity. Finally, students got to use dice in a fun way to practice 6 of the locomotor skills with a game originally called Rolling Locomotives which I call 4 Corner Locomotors. I posted a video of all the kindergarten class on Class Dojo for parents to view. If you're not connected and want to see what your child is learning in PE each week, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will shoot you out an invite!